Board: Omar violated Minnesota campaign finance rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials say U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel and help on her tax returns.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Thursday that Omar must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500. The first-term Democratic congresswoman also must pay the state a $500 civil penalty for using campaign money to travel to Florida, where she accepted an honorarium.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the board found Omar’s campaign bought a plane ticket to Boston to speak at a political rally.

Omar was a state representative from Minneapolis at the time of the violations. She was elected to the U.S. House last November.

Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski initially raised the complaints against Omar. She called the claims politically motivated.

Omar’s congressional campaign says she is “glad this process is complete.”

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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